Oscar-winner Christopher Walken will talk about his life and career in "A Conversation with Christopher Walken" on Sunday, Feb. 17, at noon at Stratford's Scottish Rite Theatre, (formerly the Stratford Movie Theater), 2422 Main St..
This is the second in a series of American Shakespeare Theatre Alumni Talks to benefit the Stratford Arts Commission and th SCA, the Stratford Center for the Arts at the American Shakespeare Theatre.
Yours truly will conduct an on-stage interview and question-and-answer with Walken, a resident of Wilton, about his 40-plus years in stage, film and television.
Tickets are $25 and seating is general admission. VIP tickets with priority seating are available for $50 for the first few roads. Tickets may be reserved by calling 203-572-8177.
Walken played "Henry IV, Part One," and "Hamlet" in 1982, the latter directed by Peter Coe that also featured Anne Baxter, Chris Sarandon and Fred Gwynne.
Earlier this month actor Ed Asner spoke on behalf of the theater, talking about his career and his work at the American Shakespeare Theatre in 1959.
Walken won an Oscar for his supporting role in "The Deer Hunter" and received a nomination for "Catch Me If You Can."
His films include "Annie Hall," "Pulp Fiction," "Sleepy Hollow," "Batman Returns," "The Wedding Crashers,""Next Stop, Greenwich Village," "Biloxi Blues," "Pennies from Heaven," "Heaven's Gate," "At Close Range," "Hairspray," "A View to a Kill" (as the James Bond villain Max Zorn) and recently "Seven Psychopaths" and "A Late Quartet."
Walken, 69, worked as a child actor starting in 1953, during television's Golden Age. He received an Emmy nomination for Hallmark Hall of Fame's "Sarah, Plain and Tall." He hosted "Saturday Night Live" seven times. (A "Best of Christoper Walken SNL" DVD was released.)
Walken made his Broadway debut in 1958 in the play "JB" and as a chorus dancer in 1964's "High Spirits" and 1965's "Baker Street." His breakout stage role in New York was in 1966's "The Lion in Winter" where he played King Philip of France. That same year he was in a revival of Tennessee Williams' "The Rose Tattoo," which starred Maureen Stapleton. He played opposite Irene Worth in "Sweet Bird of Youth" in 1975. Other Broadway roles included "The Unknown Solider and His Wife," "The Merchant of Venice," "Hurly Burly," "James Joyce's "The Dead" and most recently, 2010's "A Behanding in Spokane."
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